As Lionel Shriver says, 'Reading time is precious. Don't waste it. Reading bad books, or books that are wrong for a certain time in your life, can dangerously turn you off the activity altogether.' I can't wait to discover the six books that have made that time precious for her and inspired her extraordinary and prescient novels. Her seventh book, We Need To Talk About Kevin - arguably the book that cemented her reputation - was garlanded with prizes and spent months in the best-seller lists and, never being one to shy away from the difficult or controversial, her books since have explored the U.S healthcare system, obesity, population growth and terrorism. The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-207 is 'a vision of a near-future fiscal collapse' and is terrifying, funny and perceptive.
Join me on 17th May at The Club at Cafe Royal to hear Lionel Shriver and I talk about the books that have inspired her writing.
What are my transport options getting to the event?
The nearest tube station is Picadilly Circus, a ten minutes walk from Oxford Circus or fifteen minutes walk from Green Park
What if I arrive at the event before 6.30?
Doors to the studio don't open until 6.30, however do feel free to use the bar of The Club at Cafe Royal before or after the event ends
What if I can't come?
I will always try to re-sell your ticket if you let me know at least twenty four hours beforehand.
If, on the day, you're unable to come, you will still be charged for your ticket, though please let me have your address and I will post your book to you.
Where can I find out about future Books That Built Me events?
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When/how do I receive my Tatler subscription?
The Tatler subscription will be sent as a code, with instructions as to what to do to access your subscription, to the email address you gave when you bought your ticket
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Helen Brocklebank, is the off screen name of writer and Times 100 blogger 'Mrs Trefusis'. Helen worked for many years at Harper's Bazaar and Esquire magazines, and founded The Books That Built Me in April 2014. At The Books That Built Me, Helen interviews authors about the books that inspire their writing, tracing the thread that links the books you read and the books you write.
The Books That Built Me works in partnership with Champagne Bollinger and Harper's Bazaar.
You can find more information about The Books That Built Me on thebooksthatbuiltme.co.uk or by following Helen on twitter or instagram (@mrstrefusis). There is also a Facebook page facebook.com/thebooksthatbuiltme